Violette Nozière

Violette Nozière

A Story of Murder in 1930s Paris

Book - 2011
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"On an August evening in 1933, in a quiet, working-class neighborhood in Paris, eighteen-year-old Violette Nozière gave her mother and father glasses of barbiturate-laced 'medication,' which she told them had been prescribed by the family doctor. One of her parents died; the other barely survived. Almost immediately, Violette's act of 'double patricide' became the most sensational private crime of the French interwar era--discussed and debated so passionately that it was compared to the Dreyfus Affair. Why would the beloved only child of respectable parents do such a thing? To understand the motives behind this crime and the reasons for its extraordinary impact, Sarah Maza delves into the abundant case records, re-creating the daily existence of Parisians whose lives were touched by the affair..."--Dust cover flap.
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, c2011.
ISBN: 9780520260702
0520260708
Call Number: 364.1523 MAZA
Characteristics: xiii, 336 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Subjects: Nozière, Violette, 1915-1966.
Women murderers -- France -- Paris -- Biography.
Murder -- France -- Paris -- Case studies.
Women -- France -- Paris -- Social conditions -- 20th century.
Women murderers -- Biography.
Murder -- Case studies.
Paris (France) -- Social conditions -- 20th century.
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jennrose Jul 18, 2012

A seemingly spoiled young woman from working class Paris attempts to poison her parents, killing her father but her mother survives. Maza gives us not only details about the case, but the historical context of it. This young woman was for a time one of the most hated people in France. Shouldn't people have been focusing more on Hitler's rise? Then as now, lurid tabloid tales distract from ominous world events. Still, it is always fascinating when someone from a "good family" commits such a horrid act. Violette claims her father molested her repeatedly. This drew absolutely no sympathy from anyone but the surrealists including Andre Breton. Only avante garde artists could see past ingrained patriarchal sympathies. How her life story turns out will absolutely shock you.

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